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January 11, 2015

Totems

Julie Silvers is an abstract painter and sculptor. And like the city she calls home, the New Orleans artist is inspired by everything around her.

The company: Julie Silvers Art stared in the early 1990s, with Silvers selling whimsical decorative plates and nudes. She expanded her work to include color-splashed paintings, plus bold hand-built clay totems and coiled vessels.

Background: Silvers earned an undergraduate and graduate degrees from Tulane University. Also attended the New Orleans Academy of Fine Art for a short time.

Influences: Her mother, artist Susan Wittenberg, and Ida Kohlmeyer, a well-known New Orleans artist.
The main goods: Paintings ($500 to $16,000); vessels ($800 to $1,200); totems ($1,300 to $9,000); candlesticks ($250 to $600); and women sculptures ($950 to $6,000)

What’s popular: Paintings, vessels and the relatively new clay totem poles, which range from two feet to eight feet.

Other favorites: Ceramic sculptures and paintings of nude, voluptuous women.

Claim to fame: Scott Cowen, president emeritus of Tulane University, purchased three of large floor totems. Arthur Roger of Arthur Roger Gallery in New Orleans has one of Silvers’ vessels.

Where to buy: In Atlanta, at the Tritter Feefer showroom at the Atlanta Decorative Arts Center, 351 Peachtree Hills Ave NE, Suite 502, (404) 500-3681. In New Orleans, at the Hall-Barnett Gallery (http://hallbarnett.com) and at Feet First (feetfirststores.com)

For information: Visit juliesilvers.com or Julie Silvers Art on facebook.com

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